This once desolate wasteland of Brooklyn’s postwar manufacturing glory into which I moved eleven years ago is exploding with energy, creativity, food and all out party. Roberta’s Tiki Disco is pumping on Sunday nights, as can be seen from this fine photo I took out front from a safe “father’s distance” through the roll up and into the smokey debauched lair. Come on out and see for yourself sometime.
Don’t get me wrong, I like J Crew these days. In general I have always respected their no frills delivery of an Anglo-American style. I wore their clothes in middle school and I wear them now. They provide a good if often over priced service as mass stylists. But I found a product displayed in my email inbox today to be horribly lazy, almost as if it were dialed in by their suppliers in China. Making a t shirt that reads “New England Harbour” just makes me think we must be really stupid as consumers. I’ve never understood those non-specific pre-decayed souvenir shirts anyway. Yes, I understand coveting authenticity. But you have to be REALLY dumb to think that someone who sees a shirt that reads “New England Harbour” on your chest will see you as some authentically travelled salty old dog, ready to dish out where to find the best lobster rolls in the land. “Ah, You’ve been to New England Harbour I see!! Well you must know Sandy Beach! A marvelous family destination!! My family has retired to a home there in the summer for years!” I recommend they add to that collection something for the more metropolitan traveller: a shirt that reads, “New York Building.”
Actually, I’d wear that.
Maybe a more subtle transition between the children’s wear and ladies’ lingerie sections is in order here.
J.Crew has been getting it right a lot lately, particularly for men. Their own products are not always of very good quality and can be over priced. But their decisions on what products to sell from outside brands has been excellent. So with that said, if anyone feels inspired, please buy me this.
My wife is so cool. This is the nail art she got for the occasion.